The Little Prince
written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
98 pages // published in 1940 // children's fiction
Le Petit Prince is the original French title of this charming children's book -- (or perhaps it's an adult's book?) The easy words, simple ideas, elementary lessons, and watercolor pictures might make a person believe it's for children. Think again. The design of the plot may be only a small part of a interwoven web of big notions.
"And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
The Little Prince is written to make one see adults from a child's perspective -- how serious that adults seem to always be, not looking at life from a cheery, fun viewpoint. One might see the book as being written as a comical little muse. Children will enjoy it as a picture book. Adults will enjoy it for the truths the words hide.
The author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was born in 1900 in Lyon, France. Mesmerized with flight in his childhood, he eventually became a pilot in the military, serving during World War II. He dreamed big -- just as this book shows. But his ultimate dream of flying nabbed him from this world in 1944, he himself much like The Little Prince. His most famous work published only a year before his untimely death.
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